Kamloops, BC—A win is a win but if you ask the head coach of the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s basketball team: the result wasn’t a product of the effort.
Scott Clark was not a happy man after his WolfPack came away with an 88-76 win over the visiting Mount Royal University Cougars on the Warner Rentals Court on Friday night (Jan 22). The result at the Tournament Capital Centre extended TRU’s Explorer Division record to 11-2 while the Royals fall to 5-8.
“Mount Royal outplayed us and deserved to win,’ stated Clark. “ They out efforted us. They were full value. Tommorrow (Sat) we need a much better effort. We played fine but they put forth a better effort than we did. Our efforts were not even close to being satisfactory.”
“We couldn’t contain Wolfram (Josh, 5th year, forward, Kamloops, BC) or Pribilsky (Reese, 5th year, guard, Victoria, BC),” explained Royals head coach Marc Dobieil. “They really hurt us. We turned the ball over too much as well. We have to do that less in order to be successful.”
With Wolfram and Volodymyr Iegorov (4th year, forward, Donetsk, Ukraine) sitting on the bench for most of the first half after picking up two fouls each, Mount Royal held a 23-22 lead after the first quarter but TRU recovered to hold a 46-38 advantage at the recess.
Wolfram was named the “TRU Bookstore/McDonalds” Leader of the Pack player of the game for his 27 points and six rebounds in 28 minutes of floor time. Pribilsky added 25 points, four assists, five steals and a block.
Gerard Gore (5th year, forward, St.John’s, Antiqua) had 12 points in his home debut for the WolfPack. Gore had missed the first half of the Canada West season injured.
For Mount Royal: Glen Yang (2nd year, guard, Hong Kong, CHN) led the way with 17 points and got praise for his efforts from his coach. Brad Layton (1st year, forward, Calgary, AB) and former WolfPack guard Derek Wolf (4th year, Penticton, BC) each had 15 points while James Lefebvre (5th year, forward, Didsbury, AB) contributed 10 points.
The two teams will battle again at the Tournament Capital Centre on Saturday (Jan 22). Tip off will be 7 pm.